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Dirt TV announces student winners


The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) awarded $10,000 of prizes to student winners of their media initiative, Dirt TV, at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide last night.

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Dirt TV is a video competition for students in years 7-12 to produce short videos on the theme of ‘What mining means to me’ or ‘What oil and gas means to me.’

James Haskard and Lachlan Blake won best overall entry as well as the people’s choice award for their video ‘Mining: So good it’s nearly a crime’, taking home a $6,000  as well as $500 for their school, Concordia College.

Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive of SACOME said “Mining: So good it’s nearly a crime is a fantastic example of what can be created without high tech equipment, the need for special settings or effects but simply using a clever idea, excellent script and fantastic execution.”

The awards ceremony was opened by Treasurer and Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources Tom Koutsantonis.

“I congratulate all the students who entered for creating compelling video clips that reflect what the mining and oil and gas industries mean to them,” Minister Koutsantonis said.

“All this work is aimed at developing career opportunities and growing capabilities to support the sustainable growth of South Australia’s minerals and energy industries.”

The competition was judged by a group of representatives from South Australian media organisations including the Adelaide Film Festival, Flinders University, Rising Sun Pictures, South Australia Film Corporation, State Opera of South Australia, and Whitham Media, together with resource sector heavy weights Santos, BHP Billiton and OZ Minerals to assess for accuracy.

2014 Dirt TV Winners:

SACOME’s YouTube Channel and Dirt TV entries

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